The key point is that people are expressing themselves, which is the art of dialogue.
Clearly, in order to change a nation namely South Africa dialogue was the key in order to ensure the aforementioned values could be a reality of daily life.
It highlights, the greater need for us here in Birmingham to ensure that the people are allowed to have their say and express their opinions as much as possible and indeed that their contributions are never just dismissed.
Meaningful dialogue is how people are a part of a journey and it creates ownership and a better sense of pride and community, for all irrespective of who they are.
All may not agree, as nothing is ever perfect, but, at times the fact that all views are taken into consideration in my view is key, in order to create a better society.
The debate of renaming the Library as a tribute to Nelson Mandela, has created the debate and the key issue has always been a substantial and long lasting legacy.
Your opinion and suggestions do count and we do live in a democratic society, where there is freedom of speech and we should use it.
Just remember under apartheid black/African people were oppressed and indeed killed for fighting for the things that we take for granted even today.
This is 2013 Birmingham a City of Super Diversity, why don’t we start using dialogue more effectively in order to create that better inclusiveness we all seek. We should be responsible we doing so and not seek to abuse other a you disagree with their view.
Remember its the ability to resolve, the things that divides us that creates the long lasting unity that we seek.
You have an opinion and a voice use it constructively.